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City works quickly to cover hateful and racist graffiti at a local playground

'This is really vile stuff'

Mike Anthony says he was stunned when he found out about some disturbing graffiti which was reported to him on Sunday. 

The image sent to the North Bay city councillor shows some racist, homophobic graffiti which included a large swastika which was painted onto the building at Greenhill Park.  

Anthony says other graffiti was located on some of the playground equipment.    

Monday the graffiti was painted over by city staff.  Anthony says the city will do a more thorough paint job of the building later this summer.    

“This is really vile stuff,” Anthony told BayToday on Monday afternoon.   

“Is the chaos south of the border seeping into Ontario? I hope not. As a councillor, I help with issues when someone contacts me, but few are as disturbing as this vile image.”   

Deputy Police Chief Michael Daze says the North Bay Police Service takes situations like this very seriously. 

“When we talk about any sort of hate crimes, which includes graffiti, it is important to the police,” said Daze.  

The Deputy Chief says their Criminal Investigation branch is already involved in the investigation looking for clues as to who is responsible for the disturbing graffiti.  

Police will be canvassing neighbours near the playground on Pearce Street while also looking for anyone who has security cameras in the area. 


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